Julia Hartley-Brewer | 17-Mar-21



► Matt Hancock has sought to reassure the public the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, insisting there is no evidence the coronavirus jab has caused blood clots after some European nations halted its rollout.

► Democracy is “in retreat” around the world, Dominic Raab will warn as he sets out why the UK still has to play a major role on the global stage.

► Major companies operating in the UK may have been “complicit” in the forced labour of China’s Uighur minority, MPs have warned.

► A former senior Metropolitan Police officer has criticised the “disastrous” handling of the Sarah Everard vigil in London.

► The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill cleared its first parliamentary hurdle after receiving a second reading by 359 votes to 263, majority 96, despite opposition to several measures contained within it.

► Burglars, thieves and robbers will be fitted with GPS tags to track their movements when they are freed from jail in a bid to cut down on reoffending.

► Nicola Sturgeon has unveiled a more detailed timeline for how the Scottish Government plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown, with provisional dates for the reopening of shops, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers.

► The Duke of Edinburgh has been reunited with the Queen after leaving hospital following a month-long stay receiving treatment.

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